Caretaker set-up puts its share in clipping wings of HEC
Islamabad, May 15: Since its inception, the caretaker set-up has kept itself away from many important administrative decisions, but when it comes to clipping the wings of Higher Education Commission (HEC), even the caretaker administration seems interested in making some contribution.
One evidence is an office memorandum issued by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination on May 9, which mentions that the Cabinet Division has transferred two vital functions of HEC including 'Commission for Standard of Higher and External Examination' and 'Equivalence of Degree and Diplomas' to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination.
The memorandum titled 'Renaming of Ministry of National Regulations and Service as Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination,' requests the Ministry officials to contact focal person on taking or handing over of the relevant record.
Responding to the new situation, the HEC Chairman Javaid R. Laghari has written letter to the Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso requesting his attention towards the office memorandum issued by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination # 2-2/2013-DS (Administration) and clarifying the Amendments in Rules of Business 1973 about the autonomy of HEC. The letter explains to the prime minister that functions of the Higher Education Commission could not be dispensed and allocated to another organisation unless and until a fresh legislation is promulgated. "As such, the latest addition to the list of unenforceable Notifications and Office Memoranda concerning HEC autonomy and functions is not only a defiance of the Supreme Court Order dated April 12, 2011 in C.P. Nos. 33-35 of 2011, but also is in conflict with the Section 10 (0) of the Higher Education Commission Ordinance No. LIII of 2002, which ascribes the function of determining the equivalence and recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded by Institutions within the country and aboard to the HEC," says the letter.
It points out that the misinterpreted and unwarranted rearrangement has added to the prevailing uncertainty and perplexity looming over this premium and proven public sector organization.
In his letter, the HEC chairman requests the personal insight and sagacity of the prime minister in the matter. "In wake of the foregoing and taking into consideration the HEC viewpoint presented to the principal secretary to the prime minister in a meeting of the executive director, HEC with him on May 07, I take this opportunity to beg your personal consideration in revoking all such orders and communiqués of the Ministries/Divisions that interfere with the autonomy and functioning of HEC in a manner other than prescribed by the Apex Court of the country," mentions the letter.
HEC Chairman Javaid R. Laghari said that HEC is not abiding by this notification, as it could not violate the decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Supreme Court in its Order given on hearing Constitution Petitions 33 35/2011, Prof. G. A. Miana vs the Federation of Pakistan and others had declared on April 12, 2011 the HEC shall continue discharging its functions and duties, as it had been doing in the past unless and until a fresh legislation is promulgated and in case of any conflict or in-consistency between the notification and the provisions of the ordinance, the ordinance shall prevail.
IIU students win photography competition
Islamabad: Students of International Islamic University (IIU) clinched first position in photography and two second positions in computer games.
Participating in 'Software & Engineering' competition organised by RACHNA College, Gujranwala, a student of IIU clinched the title of best student ambassador.
The winners Faraz Javed, Umar Wajid, M. Waqas, Danyal Ali and Ch. Shehzad, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences have dedicated their success to the university.
Meanwhile, winner students called on International Islamic University President Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh on Tuesday where Dr. Al-Draiweesh congratulated the students on their success and lauded their efforts for image building of the university. He urged them to continue their efforts for the betterment of university.
KU semester exams start on 20th
Karachi: The University of Karachi's Dean of the Faculty of Arts has announced that the terminal examinations for BS/BA Hons first year to fourth year major, minor and compulsory courses' first semester 2013 would start on May 20. The compulsory examinations will be held from May 20 to 23.
PU MSc, MCom results
Lahore: PU Examinations Department on Tuesday declared the results of MSc Information Technology, 1st year, 2nd annual 2011, & 1st annual 2012, and MCom (2nd year programme), 2nd year, 2nd annual examination, 2012.
Detailed results are also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk.
PHC restores Dr Shafiq as Fata University VC
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday suspended the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor's notification about removal of Dr Shafiqur Rehman as vice-chancellor of Fata University and restored him till the next order of the court.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk and Justice Musarrat Hilali suspended the notification till the next order of the court. The bench also issued notices to secretary to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Muhammad Ashfaq Khattak, the appointed vice-chancellor of Fata University replacing the petitioner and others, directing them to submit their replies in the writ petition before the next hearing of the case.
Dr Shafiqur Rehman had challenged his removal as vice-chancellor of the Fata University in the high court. Abdul Lateef Afridi, counsel for the petitioner, submitted that the former governor Barrister Masood Kausar appointed the petitioner as vice-chancellor-cum-project director of the first-ever university for Federally Administered Tribal Areas on January 23 this year after a long-drawn recruitment process.
But after 43 days on March 7, he submitted that his client was about to attend a meeting at the Fata Secretariat, he was told that he was no more the vice-chancellor. He said.The present governor issued his removal notification from the post of vice-chancellor without any legal procedure which was an illegal. The news
Research methods workshop at SZABIST
Islamabad: Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) organized workshop on "Advanced Management Research Methods" to equip students and professionals with advanced research techniques. Speaking the occasion, trainers apprised the students about analyzing, interpreting and presenting their research findings in a standard format. On this occasion, the trainers said that the methods, if followed in the true spirit, contribute a great deal in flourishing research culture. "With an aim to empower the students and professionals to understand the research process by selecting and using the relevant research softwares, SZABIST has rolled out a series of workshops," SZABIST spokesperson Ayesha Mujtaba told. She added that the workshop named "Advanced Management Research Methods" is aimed to teach ways and means to the students of MBA, MS/MPhil and PhD as well as applied researchers who are pursuing their independent studies, thesis/dissertation and looking for application of Advanced Research Methods in their respective studies. app